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Posted by: TBA News on May 1, 2018

Journal Issue Date: May 2018

Journal Name: May 2018 - Vol. 54, No. 5

Scott Weiss, who on Jan. 31 was named Tennessee’s only College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL) Fellow, has merged practices with Ortale Kelley Law Firm. The CCAL certification recognizes Weiss’ excellence in the practice of community association law and distinguishes his contributions to the development of community association law in Tennessee and nationally. Prior to joining Ortale Kelley, Weiss and his father, Peter Weiss, who has also joined Ortale Kelley, managed their own practice under the name Weiss & Weiss, Attorneys at Law.

Tennessee Bar Association leaders went to Washington, D.C., in April to participate in the 2018 ABA Day on the Hill. Over two days they met with members of the House and Senate from Tennessee to discuss issues of importance to lawyers across the state. From left, Berkley Schwarz, Allan Ramsaur, Ahsaki Baptist, Sen. Lamar Alexander, Jason Pannu, Joycelyn Stevenson and Gif Thornton.

The Mid-South Commercial Law Institute has announced the election of new directors to its 25-member Board, effective Feb. 22, to serve five-year terms. TBA members among them are James E. Bailey III of Memphis and Thomas H. Forrester of Nashville. The organization’s officers for the next year include Jeffrey Maddux, president, and Gulam Zade, president-elect.

Robert G. McDowell has joined the Nashville law firm of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC. For more than 45 years, McDowell has provided quality legal representation and counsel to the Middle Tennessee area. He routinely advises clients on matters related to finance and banking law, business dissolutions and acquisitions, business torts, construction law, and sales secured transactions at the federal, state and local levels. He regularly works the State Executive Branch, and many other state departments. McDowell joins Bone after practicing at Baker Donelson Nashville.

Miller and Martin PLLC has announced the election of T. J. Gentle as member. Gentle, based in the firm’s Chattanooga office, has been with the firm for two years after spending more than 10 years as president and CEO of a venture-backed technology company. He is a member of the firm’s corporate department. Gentle focuses his practice on advising business owners and entrepreneurs, which fits with his experience with several technology start-ups, managing high-growth companies, raising venture capital, recruiting and hiring talented developers, and working with professional investors and boards of directors. Gentle received his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Samuel Jackson and Emily Harper Mack have joined the Nashville law firm of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC. They have extensive experience providing quality legal representation to public and private school boards, universities and other employers. They routinely advise education clients on a wide variety of legal matters, including Title IX compliance, internal and agency investigations, administrative proceedings, special education and disability accommodations, personnel concerns, student rights and discipline and more. Jackson and Mack practiced law together at Lewis Thomason in Nashville before joining Bone McAllester Norton.

Butler Snow announced that Tara L. Blake has joined the firm’s Nashville office. Blake will practice with the firm’s pharmaceutical, medical device and health care litigation group. Blake focuses her practice on insurance and financial services litigation, specifically defending insurers and financial service providers against complex, bad-faith, class actions and punitive damages claims.  Blake is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law and was a Hugo L. Black Scholar.

Zachary B. Busey has earned certification as a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). The CIPM reports it is the world’s first and only certification in privacy program management. In earning this credential, Zachary has demonstrated his proficiency using process and technology to manage a privacy program across all stages of its lifecycle. He is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), holding the CIPP/US concentration from the IAPP, which focuses on the U.S. private sector. Busey is an associate in Baker Donelson’s Memphis office where he practices employment and general litigation.

Rebecca Adelman, founding shareholder of Hagwood Adelman Tipton PC, was recently named a finalist in The CLM’s Professionals of the Year awards. Adelman was one of five attorneys honored in the outside counsel division. The CLM is the largest professional association in the insurance industry, with a membership of more than 45,000 professionals in the claims resolution and litigation management industries. Adelman was recognized in part for her work as co-founder of the Annual Litigation Risk and Defense Strategies for Long-Term Care and Assisted Living Providers, Insurers and Brokers Conference, along with her role in developing a number of risk mitigation and prevention programs for insurers and insureds in health care and beyond.

Burr & Forman recently announced the addition of four new members to its nationwide executive committee, including TBA?member Josh Ehrenfeld of Nashville. The firm’s executive committee brings together leaders within the firm from various practice areas and office locations to represent the firm as a whole across its footprint. Ehrenfeld is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Tax Practice Group with a focus on domestic and international taxation, mergers & acquisitions, venture capital, early-stage and start-up companies, private equity and corporate finance.

George T. “Buck” Lewis of Baker Donelson has been named to the Legal Services Corporation’s (LSC) Disaster Taskforce. LSC, the nation’s largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income people, has created the Disaster Taskforce to address the legal rights of and issues faced by disaster survivors and the particular needs of low-income communities in the aftermath of disaster. The Disaster Taskforce includes a diverse group of LSC grantees, business leaders and emergency management experts. He is in his second year as chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, which helps other ABA entities and state bars marshal pro bono assistance for disaster victims.

Clinton P. Sanko has been recognized as a 2018 Readers’ Choice Award winner by JD Supra. Sanko is listed as a “Top Author” nationwide on the topic of eDiscovery for the excellent reach attained with readers through written contributions in 2017. JD Supra recognized more than 240 top authors nationwide across 26 categories in these third annual awards. A shareholder in Baker Donelson’s Chattanooga office, Sanko serves as the firm’s eDiscovery and document review officer and is a seasoned litigation trial lawyer who focuses his practice on bringing client value through efficient, effective and expeditious managing of the work associated with eDiscovery and document review.

Dodson Parker Behm and Capparella has named Tyler Chance Yarbro managing partner of the firm. Yarbro replaces founding member Margaret L. Behm, who will continue her full-time practice. Yarbro represents businesses and individuals in a wide range of employment matters. In addition to employment and business law, her litigation practice involves disputes relating to personal injury, criminal and probate matters. She joined the firm in 2011, from the Metropolitan Nashville Public Defender’s Office, where she represented thousands of clients and handled numerous jury trials. Yarbro also teaches trial advocacy at Vanderbilt Law School, and has been named an “Attorney for Justice” by the Tennessee Supreme Court every year since 2014.

Justin Hayden has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners’ legal team. He is based at Pinnacle’s downtown Nashville office. Hayden brings 10 years of experience to his role of legal counsel. Before joining Pinnacle, he was a partner with Smythe Huff and Hayden PC, where his practice was focused in the areas of creditors’ rights, banking and financial services, construction and creditor litigation, collections, representation of creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, as well as advising clients in matters of employment, real estate and commercial law and more. He earned his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law.

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